Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Hiking Hanging Lake

Most Coloradans recognize the photo above. Hint: it’s the famous Hanging Lake—Colorado’s most-photographed natural beauty. If you ever plan on visiting Colorado, it’s a must-see. Sitting on the shelf of a cliffside, the green-blue lake is filled with water falling further up the mountain. It’s unlike anything most people have seen—a natural phenomenon. So if [...]

Most-Photographed Colorado Mountains: Maroon Bells

Located just minutes outside of Aspen, Colorado, the Maroon Bells are widely known as the most-photographed mountains in Colorado (arguably North America). Set behind the beautiful Maroon Lake, the Maroon Bells are comprised of red mudstone. While this deep red clay and mud is easy to distinguish, the soft and crumbly material proves difficult for [...]

The Ice Castles of Dillion

There’s no law that says you have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy the many ski towns and mountains of Colorado. As a hiking enthusiasts with limited experience skiing and no experience snowboarding, I prefer to tube down or snow shoe through the snowy hills of places like Winter Park and Copper Mountain. [...]

The Two Gems of Estes Park

Estes Park isn’t just another one of those cute Colorado Mountain towns. As one of the most popular gateways to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is a popular destination for those looking to explore one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. With countless trails to choose from, a visit into this [...]

How to Road Trip Through Southern Colorado

I have trekked across most of Colorado’s western slope. While studying geology at Colorado School of Mines, I lived in Golden, a cozy town nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I spent several weekends going to places like the Great Sand Dunes, Garden of the Gods, and Black Canyon, all in the name [...]

Water-Falling Through July

In January, Jake got a job offer in New Mexico. So I left my job in Denver and we moved to Santa Fe. I celebrated my birthday at Meow Wolf on February 16. By March, I was teaching various classes at diverse yoga studios in Santa Fe and via Skype. By the time April rolled [...]

Memorial Day Weekend at Crawford Lake

Every year, Jake's family goes to Crawford Lake for Memorial Day weekend. Every May, without fail, his parents, brother and family including the in-laws, and even family friends come out for a three-day weekend campout along the lake. Having never had roots or many lasting traditions, the idea of retreating to the same place each [...]